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J&K approves Rs 50,000 compensation for kin of victims

Last Updated on November 24, 2021 at 8:04 pm

The Chief Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta today chaired a meeting of the UT Executive Committee for Disaster Management to review the requirement of funds in districts for disaster preparedness, mitigation, and COVID management. 

Administrative Secretaries of departments of Finance, Health & Medical Education, Revenue, and Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction (DMRRR) participated in the meeting.

In furtherance of its earlier decision of providing ex-gratia relief of Rs. 50,000 to the next of kin of the victims of COVID, the UT Executive Committee today approved the procedural guidelines governing the relief distribution. The Chief Secretary further directed formulation of standard operating procedures in consultation with the domain experts for streamlining the disbursal of ex-gratia relief within three days.

It was informed that so far 4,176 people have died due to COVID-19 and the relief will be disbursed in favour of the families through a transparent verification process via aadhar linked direct benefit transfer (DBT).

As per the approved guidelines, the Deputy Commissioners in consultation with the Health Department will provide the ex-gratia relief of Rs. 50,000 to the next of kin of COVID victims including those involved in relief operations and preparedness activities; based on valid death certificates issued in this regard. The guidelines also require the Deputy Commissioners to provide the online application link for seeking the ex-gratia relief on the district’s official web portal.